Rather than pretty, inspiring pictures this morning, I thought I would share a video that I found especially interesting. It's about the textile manufacturing industry here in America, and primarily the state of North Carolina. For a period of time, my family lived in rural Mississippi when I was growing up. Many in the community worked at a local mill. They took great pride in what they produced. Sadly, as manufacturing went over seas, the jobs were lost.
So many in the sewing community are trying to be responsible with what they wear, taking the "no purchasing of ready to wear pledge," or just simply taking pride in what they have made by joining in on Me Made May.
Pictures like the one below stir mixed emotions. A child laboring away, while consumers take advantage of an incredible price tag.
The video below is a wonderful documentary on the textile manufacturing industry in North Carolina. It's about 30 minutes long. It's a piece that can be listened to rather than watched, so listen as you work :)
In the documentary, you'll learn about an energetic young woman who began manufacturing her clothing line in Sri Lanka, but as she grew, realized that it was more profitable to bring the manufacturing back to America.
And I think that like me, you will fall in love with 2 older ladies who after being laid off, bought World War II era knitting machines and became entrepreneurs, knitting socks, 1 pair every 9 minutes.
For all those who say something can't be done, take a look at Raleigh Denim, handcrafted in North Carolina. Not only are they creating jeans, they are creating jobs and pride.
Last March, I posted the video below entitled The Last Pattern Maker. You get a glimpse of her in the above video on Raleigh Denim. She is amazing! She has been an integral part of the success of Raleigh Denim.
One aspect that I especially appreciated in all of the video documentaries is the coming together of young and old, or maybe I should just say older :) Sara Blakely created Spanx, and thanks to her success, 100s of manufacturing jobs were created. The founders of Raleigh Denim had a dream, but it took and 82 year old craftsman to bring about success. Two women who only knew how to knit socks, took their knowledge and made a dream come true.
Dreams have no age limit :)